FARGO – The trial of William Henry Hoehn, charged in the murder of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and the abduction of her newborn baby, has been postponed until May. The trial was originally scheduled to start March 20, but Judge Tom Olson and attorneys in the case agreed at a status conference on Tuesday, Jan. 16, that the date was unrealistic because of information that still needs to be obtained and the desire to send a questionnaire to prospective jurors. After the conference, a new trial start date of May 15 was set. Olson met with prosecutor Leah Viste and defense attorney Daniel Borgen in the conference, which was held Tuesday in Cass County District Court. Hoehn attended the conference but did not speak, nor was he asked any questions.
BUFFALO, N.D. – A Buffalo man was taken to Fargo for mental health treatment on Wednesday, Dec. 27, after the Cass County Sheriff’s Office received a report that he had made threatening statements, but those reports were apparently inaccurate. “This was not as serious as we were initially told,” said Sgt. Tim Briggeman, a sheriff’s office spokesman. Law enforcement officers were never in danger, the sergeant said. Briggeman said the man was not arrested and that no criminal charges were expected to be filed against him. The man was not identified.
FARGO – The defense attorney for William Henry Hoehn, one of two people charged in the killing of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind and the kidnapping of her baby, on Wednesday, Dec. 6, requested a March 2018 trial in the case. Hoehn, 32, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping of a child, and providing false information to law enforcement. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is being held in Cass County Jail. Brooke Lynn Crews, 38, Hoehn’s live-in girlfriend at the time of his arrest, has been charged with the same crimes. Crews pleaded not guilty in September, but court documents last week indicated that she now plans to change her plea at a hearing on Monday, Dec. 11.